Notice of Resignation - Ronald Peterson
On November 25, 2013, a Resignation Committee of the Benchers of the Law Society of Alberta granted the application of Ronald Peterson to resign.
Mr. Peterson was retired from the Law Society prior to his resignation. He resides in Calgary, Alberta, and practised in Calgary from January 10, 1966 to December 16, 2009.
Mr. Peterson was facing conduct proceedings under Part 3 of the Legal Profession Act. He was facing three citations of conduct deserving of sanction. The Resignation Committee determined it was in the best interest of the public to permit Mr. Peterson to resign under Section 32 of the Legal Profession Act rather than having a hearing regarding the allegations against him, given that:
- Mr. Peterson undertook never to apply for readmission to the Law Society of Alberta;
- Mr. Peterson signed a Statement of Facts which contained details of the Law Society’s evidence against Mr. Peterson, and in which Mr. Peterson admitted facts which demonstrate that he implemented instructions from a client when he knew, or ought to have known, the client was legally incompetent. Mr. Peterson altered a document and attached that altered document to his sworn affidavit so as to attempt to mislead the Court and mislead, or attempt to mislead, the Law Society;
- In the event Mr. Peterson is relieved of his undertaking not to apply for readmission, costs of $3,197.75 will have to be paid prior to any consideration of his readmission.
Mr. Peterson is therefore no longer a member of the Law Society of Alberta.